The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.
The Master of the Order, Bruno Cadoré, OP is calling on the Dominican family around the world to pray in solidarity for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as they pursue peace for their country.
The recent history of the DRC has been one of civil war and corruption.
DRC is a vast country with immense economic resources and, until recently, has been at the center of what some observers call "Africa's world war," with widespread civilian suffering the result.
The war has claimed an up to six million lives, either as a direct result of fighting or because of disease and malnutrition. The war had an economic as well as a political side. Fighting was fueled by the country's vast mineral wealth, with all sides taking advantage of the anarchy to plunder natural resources. (BBC News)
Dominicans for Justice and Peace, in 2018 identified the DRC as a priority country for its advocacy in the United Nations in Geneva. The delegation, comprised of Fr. Mike Deeb, OP, and Ms. Laurence Blattmer, embarked on a mission to the DRC from July 7-21, 2018, to visit the Dominicans in Kinshasa and Isiro (Haut Uélé Province). Read about their efforts.
The Civic Education Program (PEDUC- Programme d’Education Civique) directed by a Dominican Sister of the Congregation of St. Catherine of Sienna (Congrégation des Dominicaines filles de Sainte Catherine de Sienne). The motto of this program is “For a Population aware of its rights and duties.”
Click here to read more about this program and the "multifaceted country on a long road to peace."
The decades of war and conflict in the DRC has been fueled by the mining of four valuable minerals often referred to as conflict minerals. Titanium, tin, gold, and tungsten are keys elements used in the manufacturing of many of our electronic devices such as smart phones.
View a video about the mining in DRC:
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a change that could make the process of becoming a U.S. citizen or receiving legal status in the United States much more difficult. The proposed change would consider people applying for citizenship or legal status as “public charges” if they receive “any use” of certain federal aid programs “at any time in the future.” Public comment on this issue is open until December 10.
All people are encouraged to make a response in support of immigrants. View the above PowerPoint presentation for more information on these issues. Below are links to additional information and how to submit comments.
Public Charge rule change information and comment sheet.
Recently the Trump Administration has attempted to make changes regarding those seeking asylum in the United States. Many of the people coming from Honduras, El Savador and Guatemala are running from horrific violence in their countries. Will you stand in solidarity with them? Click here to sign the pledge to stand in solidarity with asylum seekers.
In 1987, the United States and Russia agreed to the Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, commonly referred to as the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, and the U.S. Senate approved its ratification. Now the Trump Administration is proposing a plan to withdraw from this agreement.
Congress has the power to enforce this agreement. Click here to urge your legislators to act.
Human trafficking is a global phenomenon to which no country is immune. Victims of modern slavery are exploited in every region of the world, compelled into service for labor or commercial sex in the real world of industry and on the internet. The enormity of the problem necessitates the development of a unified, comprehensive response from world leaders to collectively address a crime that defies all borders.
Despite its global reach, human trafficking takes place locally—in a favorite nail salon or restaurant; in a neighborhood home or popular hotel; on a city street or rural farm. The grinding reality of fighting modern slavery takes place not on world stages but through the dedicated actions of individuals, communities and organizations who are often the eyes, ears, and hearts of the places where trafficking is thriving. (Trafficking in Persons Report, June 2018)
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is such an organization. There are a number of ways that you can join with the sisters in their anti-trafficking efforts:
Click the links below to view the series of 100 Days of Prayer designed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.
December 2 - 8
The 2018 midterms were a major victory for the future of gun violence prevention (GVP). In key races across the country, NRA-backed lawmakers with a long history of blocking progress towards passing sensible gun laws, were defeated by candidates who ran and won on a GVP platform. What has been achieved is a gun violence prevention majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Brady Campaign is proud of its work to support these candidates and many other GVP champions who successfully defended their seats to finally secure a gun violence prevention majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Brady Campaign Election Report) Read the full report.
If you haven’t already, join a gun violence prevention organization. Here are six reputable organizations dedicated to ending gun violence in the U.S.
With over 60 Representatives in the House now in favor of gun control, send a message and urge them to pass common sense gun laws that can save lives. Click here to send your message.
The State of Washington became the 20th state to eliminate the death penalty. Since 2014 the state had maintain a moratorium on executions. Now the Supreme Court has unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty “arbitrary and racially biased.” The eight inmates that are currently on death row will immediately have their sentences converted to life in prison without release, and furthered a trend away from capital punishment in the U.S.
This is certainly a hopeful sign and can energize those working to eliminate the death penalty in other states. The Catholic Mobilizing network offers 10 ways that people can work in their communities to bring about an end to the death penalty. Learn more about 10 ways to proclaim hope over death.
Recently Pope Francis announced that the Death Penalty is no longer admissible. He stated: “All human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, and the dignity bestowed on them by the Creator cannot be extinguished, even by grave sin.” The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the announcement. Read more about this announcement. The Catholic Catechism has been revised. Read this historical revision.
The Catholic Mobilizing Network that has been working diligently to end the death penalty in the United States applauds the Pope’s announcement and invites citizens to take one more step in building a culture of life by taking the National Catholic Pledge to end the Death Penalty.
The Catholic Mobilizing Network offers a prayer that can be said daily. Click here for the prayer card in English and Spanish.
Click the link below to view the third series of 100 Days of Prayer designed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.
September 30 - October 6, 2018
October 7 - 13, 2018